Sunday, December 31, 2017

NATIONAL LIBRARY OF NIGERIA: INVITATION TO TENDER FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF 2017 CAPITAL PROJECTS

NATIONAL LIBRARY OF NIGERIA
PLOT 274 SANUSI DANTATA HOUSE,
CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT, ABUJA.

INVITATION TO TENDER FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF 2017 CAPITAL PROJECTS

1.0   INTRODUCTION

The National Library of Nigeria in compliance with the provisions of the Public Procurement Act, 2007, wishes to invite seasoned and qualified contractors to submit bids for the under listed Capital and Constituency projects as appropriated in the 2017 Appropriation Act.

2.0 SCOPE OF WORK
CATEGORY A: WORKS

LOT 1A: CONSTRUCTION OF PROTOTYPE STATE BRANCH BUILDING IN JALINGO, TARABA STATE.

LOT 1B: FENCING AND PROVISION OF EXTERNAL WORKS AT GOMBE STATE BRANCH   (FENCING, LANDSCAPING, INTERLOCKING, ETC)

LOT 1C: FENCING AND PROVISION OF EXTERNAL WORKS AT KATSINA STATE BRANCH   (FENCING, LANDSCAPING, INTERLOCKING, ETC)

LOT 1D: RENOVATION AND FURNISHING OF EXISTING COMMUNITY LIBRARY AT EBUNWANA AFIKPO SOUTH LGA. EBONYI STATE (CONSTITUENCY PROJECT)

CATEGORY B: GOODS
LOT 2A: PROCUREMENT & INSTALLATION OF SOUND PROOF GENERATING SETS
(ABUJA ZONE; HEADQURTERS & AREA 2)

LOT 2B: PROCUREMENT & INSTALLATION OF SOUND PROOF GENERATING SETS
(SOUTHERN ZONE; OSHOGBO AND CALABAR BRANCHES)

LOT 2C: PROCUREMENT & INSTALLATION OF SOUND PROOF GENERATING SETS
(NORTH–EAST ZONE; GOMBE, ADAMAWA AND TARABA STATE BRANCHES)

3.0 ELIGIBILTY CRITERIA
Interested and competent contractors, suppliers wishing to carry out any of the projects are required to submit their Company profiles which shall include the following:

Evidence of Certificate of Incorporation with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC)

Evidence of Tax Clearance Certificates for the past three years (2014, 2015 and 2016)

Evidence of current certificate of Compliance by National Pension Commission (PENCOM) valid till 31st December, 2017 Inline with the amended PenCom Reform Act 2014.

Evidence of current certificate of compliance by the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) valid till 31st December, 2017 Inline with the provision of the ITF Act 2005.

National Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) Clearance Certificate valid till 31st December, 2017.

Current Certificate of Registration/Interim Registration Report (IRR) issued by the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) as provided in part II section 5 (h) of PPA 2007.

Evidence of verifiable similar jobs executed and technical capability to deliver (Copies of letters of award/certificates of job completion to be attached).

Bank Reference Letter indicating financial capability/liquidity

Verifiable evidence of financial capability with an average annual turnover of not less than 30 Million in the last three (3) Years (2013, 2014, 2016)

A sworn Affidavit certifying that the company is not in receivership and/or the subject of any form of insolvency or bankruptcy proceedings or the subject of any form of winding up petition or proceedings. The declaration shall also include that the company has no Director/Partner who has been convicted by any court in Nigeria or any other country for criminal offenses in relation to fraud or financial impropriety and that no officer of the National Library of Nigeria or the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) is a former or present Director, Shareholder, Partner or has any pecuniary interest in the job and that all the required documents presented and attached are GENUINE AND UP TO DATE.

Company profile with CV’s of key professionals including photocopies of relevant academic and professional qualifications with attestation of availability and contact phone numbers. (Evidence of registration with relevant regulatory professional bodies) e.g. ARCON COREN QSRBN etc.

Company Audited Accounts for the immediate past three (3) years (2014, 2015, 2016)

Evidence of filing Company Annual returns to CAC for the immediate past three (3) years (2014, 2015, 2016)

Evidence that the Bidders have the requisite equipment’s to execute a project of this nature and complexity or evidence of lease agreement with a third party.

COLLECTION OF TENDER DOCUMENTS

Interested Contractors are to collect tender documents from the Procurement Unit of the National Library of Nigeria at Plot 274 Sanusi Dantata House, Central Business District, Abuja within the working hours of 9am – 4pm, Monday – Friday upon the payment of a non refundable processing fee of N20,000.00 The payment should be made in favour of FGN – National Library of Nigeria through the Remita Collection Platform.

SUBMISSION OF TENDER DOCUMENTS:

Interested contractors are to submit their documents (Both Technical and Financial Bids) in two separate envelopes enclosed in one big envelope clearly stating the Project Name and LOT Number at the top right hand corner of the envelope and addressed to;

The National Librarian/Chief Executive Officer,
Attention:
The Head of Procurement Unit,
National Library of Nigeria, 
Plot 274 Sanusi Dantata House, Central Business District, Abuja.

The documents should be deposited in the Tender Tamper Proof - Box at the Procurement Unit of National Library of Nigeria on the ground floor, Plot 274 Sanusi Dantata House, Central Business District, Abuja within the working hours of 9am – 4pm, Mondays – Fridays.

Company’s name should be written on the reverse side of the envelope

The deadline for submission is 19th February, 2018 by 12 noon.

BID OPENING

Bid opening will commence immediately after the deadline for submission on 19th February 2018 by 12 noon at the Board Room (First Floor) of National Library of Nigeria at Plot 274 Sanusi Dantata House, Central Business District, Abuja.

All bidders or their representatives, relevant professional bodies, NGOs and the general public are invited to witness the public bid opening exercise.   

7.0 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

7.1. The National Library shall verify any or all the claims made by bidders and shall disqualify any company whose claims are found to be false in addition to other sanctions that may be deemed necessary.

7.2 Bidders who have worked for National Library and have history of poor performance, abandonment, termination and/or prolonged contract execution period need not to apply.

7.3. National Library is not bound to accept the lowest quotation that is not
responsive.

7.4. Companies and bidders are prohibited from bidding for more than Two (2) lots in each
of the Categories.

7.5. All documents for submission shall be transmitted with a covering letter under the company’s Letter Head Paper bearing among others, the Registration Number (RC),
Valid Contact Telephone Numbers, e-mails address and official Company’s address. 
     
7.6 Only successful bidders from the Technical Evaluation will be invited for financial
bid opening.

7.7. Deviations/Non-compliance to the instructions will lead to disqualification.

7.8. All submission pages must be duly initialed by the company

7.9.  Submissions must be made only in English language.

DISCLAIMER

8.1 This announcement is published for information purposes only and does not constitute an offer by the Tenders Board of the National Library of Nigeria to transact with any party for the projects, nor does it constitute a commitment or obligation on the part of the Tenders Board to procure concession services.

8.2 The Tenders Board will not be responsible for any cost or expenses incurred by any interested party(ies) in connection with any response to this invitation and or the preparation or submission in response to an inquiry.

8.3 The Tenders Board is not bound to shortlist any contractor and reserves the right to annul the selection process at any time without incurring any liabilities and assigning any reason thereof.

Signed:

Head: Procurement
For: National Librarian/Chief Executive Officer.

Friday, December 29, 2017

The Future Looks Bright for Librarianship

The Future Looks Bright for Librarianship

Empirical data paint a far different future of career prospects in librarianship. According to a recently published report on “The Future of Skills” by Pearson, a publishing and educational company, who conducted research with Nesta and Oxford University, “Librarians, curators, and archivists” will be the ninth most in demand occupation group in coming years. Librarians will be more in demand in 2030 than media and communication workers, construction trade workers, and others, according to the report.

http://publiclibrariesonline.org/2017/12/the-future-looks-bright-for-librarianship/

RISING TO THE CHALLENGE: RE-ENVISIONING PUBLIC LIBRARIES

RISING TO THE CHALLENGE: RE-ENVISIONING PUBLIC LIBRARIES

“The library is first and foremost a place…a place that promotes development in society. It is the family room of a community. That’s the vision, that’s the future.”

The Dialogue on Public Libraries was created to help advance the work that public libraries are doing to address community challenges and to support the transformation of public libraries for the digital age.

http://csreports.aspeninstitute.org/m/dialogue-on-public-libraries/2014/report

Monday, October 16, 2017

THE LIBRARY ADVOCACY WALK (LAW)



THE LIBRARY ADVOCACY WALK (LAW)




Concerned and bothered by not only the Dilapidating state of the rented Sanusi Dantata House but also its gross inadequacy to house Millions of the National Library of Nigeria collections, and the attendant consequences of this development on our security and effective service delivery, THE ACADEMIC STAFF UNION OF RESEARCH AND ALLIED INSTITUTIONS (ASURI), NLN CHAPTER is organising a Library Advocacy Walk (LAW).

LAW is a clarion call to all Nigerians to demand the completion of the National Library of Nigeria's Headquarter Building as a National Intellectual Storehouse and the country's giant memory.

ASURI therefore invite all Library professionals and stakeholders to join in the walk planned to hold as follows:
Date: Tuesday 17th October, 2017
Time: 9:00AM
Convergence Point: Uncompleted NLN building, beside National Mosque, Abuja.

The LAW will match to the Federal Ministry of Education to deliver an Appeal letter to the Hon. Minister of Education and proceed to the National Assembly and deliver Appeal letters to the Committees of Education of the two Chambers.

. . . Join LAW to salvage the National Library of Nigeria.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

October 2017 issue of IFLA Journal

October 2017 issue of IFLA Journal

​​IFLA JournalIFLA Journal is an international journal publishing peer reviewed articles on library and information services and the social, political and economic issues that impact access to information through libraries.

The Journal publishes research, case studies and essays that reflect the broad spectrum of the profession internationally.

Volume 43, No.3 (October 2017)

https://www.ifla.org/files/assets/hq/publications/ifla-journal/ifla-journal-43-3_2017.pdf

WLIC 2017: A Summary

WLIC 2017: A Summary

More than 500 speakers and 3100 delegates from 122 countries, not to mention 247 sessions covering all aspects of our profession, makes IFLA’s World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) a unique experience of professional development and networking. The beautiful city of Wroclaw provided the perfect setting, steeped in its own rich cultural heritage that every visitor enjoyed.